AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Solenangis wakefieldii (Rolfe) P.J.Cribb & J.Stewart, Kew Bull. 40: 413 (1985).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Angraecum wakefieldii Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 146 (1897).
Tridactyle wakefieldii (Rolfe) Summerh., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1936: 232 (1936).
Neocribbia wakefieldii (Rolfe) Szlach., Ann. Bot. Fenn. 40: 69 (2003).
Description:
A scandent epiphyte, to 100 cm long, climbing by the roots; stems shiny brown, with many roots arising along the stem. Leaves numerous,1.5-3 x 0.5-1.5 cm, lanceolate, unequally and acutely bilobed at the apex. Inflorescences arising along the stem, 4-6 cm long, laxly 4- to 6- flowered. Pedicel and ovary 1-2 cm long; bracts 3-5 mm long. Flowers scented, white. Dorsal sepal 3 x 1.5-2 mm, oblong-elliptic, obtuse; lateral sepals similar but slightly longer. Petals 3.5 x 1.5 mm, lanceolate, obtuse. Lip trilobed in roe apical halt; 10 mm long and wide across the lobes; midlobe 3.5 x 1 mm, lanceolate, acute; side lobes 4.5-5 mm long, linear, spreading and reflexed. Spur 6-7 mm long, pendent, very slender. Column 1 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphytic in coastal and lowland bush, to 300 m.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, hot growing scandent epiphyte.
Distribution:
SW. Somalia to E. Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar)
References:
Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006; WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 16.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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